How to import a bitmap image into autoCad

AutoCad is great but hopless when it comes to import other formats. I needed to vectorize a metal band logo for a project. Long story short:

1. Open the bitmap image in Inkscape (open source vector editor) and goto path – trace bitmap.

2. Select traces and do object – ungroup

3. Path Break Apart

4. Copy the traced vector path with ctrl+c

5. Open openOffice Draw and paste with ctrl+v. You have to copy this way instead of saving to a common format to avoid great quality loss.

6. Export to Windows Metafile.

7. In AutoCad goto Insert – Metafile. Voila!

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“Lukta av penger” – The smell of Money

Had a few challenges from Grenland Friteater again for their new performance “Lukta av penger”.

Fake Nokia

I have hacked a old nokia to play “Seiren følger våre faner” very loud. It goes off in the pocket of an old man during a memorial speech to make a really akward situation. Used original speakers but trew out everything else and replaced it with a 9V battery and a microcontroller with Arduini Dumilanove bootloader . Sounds awsome/ful.

Well documented as allways

Well documented as allways

 

 

 

Inside Nokia

 

 

 

 

 

Factory Explotion

Test of urn light effect

Test of urn light effect

Used 4 bootles of 8Bar pressurised air to blow wood chips out in the air during a factory explotion at the end of the performance. We were lucky enough to have four 1/2″ electro pneumatic ball valves lying around which saved us a lot of money. Three of the blow tanks are old fire extinguishers (painted black to avoid confusion) and a regular work shop compressor. It was a pain getting rid of all the leaks, but Locktite saved the day 🙂

Air cannons without the blow tube.

Air cannons without the blow tube.

Light effect for glass urn

Challenge was simply that they needed a pulsation battery operated pulsation red light. I hacked out the led-plate of a cheap shit LED PAR light. Connected to 24V battery pack and controlled it with an Arduino and a darlington transistor.

 

Bomb factory

No real hack here. Just made some fake dynamite, igniters and timer for a guy making a furtilizer bomb.

Dynamite made of wood and paper.

Dynamite made of wood and paper.